Built in 1913, Portland’s Central Library is the oldest public library on the West Coast. It boasts more than 17 miles of bookshelves and terrific artwork, much of which reflects a “Garden of Knowledge” theme. Highlights include the ornately decorated stairs and a 14-foot cast-bronze tree in the children’s room. The tree’s bark is a sculptural relief of images that intrigue children: vines, musical instruments, toys, ballet slippers, animals, storybook characters and letters.
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m.–8 p.m., Thursday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday noon–5 p.m.